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Five Minutes With…Tara J Parish

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As an international intellectual property (IP) innovation law expert, and community and business advisor on emerging technologies, Tara J Parish has dedicated her career to advising multinationals, start-ups, community networks and individuals on how to best protect their IP rights. As the founder of Townsville’s TJIP Patents, Trade Marks & Designs, Tara uses IP to […]

Lucinda Hotel Makes Its Mark

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Making the choice to grow your business in a tiny town on a dead-end road might seem like a recipe for failure. For Trent O’Neill, owner of the Lucinda Point Hotel, ‘build it and they will come’ seems to be a winning strategy. Trent was born in the family’s pub in southern Queensland. As a […]

Five Minutes With….Renée Madsen

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With over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors, Renée Madsen has been instrumental in helping businesses and organisations achieve their goals through collaboration with others, measuring success, and building grant-writing skills. As Principal Consultant at Create and Evaluate, and a regular presenter at various regional grant writing workshops, Renée has extensive knowledge of […]

Five Minutes With…Verena Coombe

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Former Townsville City Councillor and current Chairwoman of the Queensland Small Business Recovery Advisory Council, Verena Coombe, has recently been appointed General Manager at Townsville Business Development Centre (TBDC), where she is helping small businesses in North Queensland grow and succeed in today’s new and challenging climate. We sat down with her to learn more […]

Five Minutes With…Karen Bennett

Townsville born and bred local, Karen Bennett, knows how to run a successful business (or two!) As the Owner and Director of two of Townsville’s well-known barbershops combined with 31 years’ industry experience under her belt, Karen has built a barbering empire from the ground up. After the rapid growth of her first business, Bennett’s […]

Big Idea to Turn City’s Youth into Job Creators

Youth entrepreneurship in the region is looking bright after talented high school students from across North Queensland came together today at the Townsville City Council Big Ideas Youth Challenge to develop their entrepreneurial thinking and pitch their innovative ideas to improve our region. Hosted by Smart Precinct NQ in a Townsville Airport hangar, students heard […]

The Marine Science Saving Our Backyard

The Great Barrier Reef protects Queensland’s important coastal infrastructure and provides more than $4 billion dollars and over 33,000 jobs to the Queensland economy. It is not news to any of us that due to recent mass bleaching events and the continuous effects of climate change, the reef is in dire need of assistance.  However, […]

New Telehealth Service Revolutionising Regional and Remote Healthcare

Townsville and surrounding areas will be the first to trial Australia’s first online hospital and telemedicine platform, Docto.com.au, which is set to revolutionise regional and remote healthcare services throughout North and West Queensland. Supported by the Queensland Government’s Advance Fund, the innovative telehealth platform will provide patients with accelerated access to a large network of […]

Five Minutes With…Jayne Arlett

With over 25 years’ experience in the business sector, Jayne Arlett has dedicated her career as a consultant to helping other businesses achieve sustainable economic growth. As the Founder and CEO of Jayne Arlett Consulting and the author of Big Little Business, Jayne is focused on driving profitability and growth by coupling strategic “parallel CEO” thought […]

Glowing Skin For Townsville Locals

A new boutique store dedicated to non-toxic, natural and Australian made products has launched with a mission to promote the benefits of natural and organic skin care and cosmetics. Located in the Otto’s Warrina Complex, Beautiful You stocks a unique range of products for the face, body, baby and home. Store owner, Debbie Robinson, says […]